WFAA Annual Update

WFAA Annual Update: Fiscal Year 2021

“It’s only thanks to your support that we are the vibrant organization we are today,” says Mike Knetter, in his message to donors, alumni, and stakeholders. In this first online update — a message in place of WFAA’s annual report — he and other leaders offer analysis of the organization’s performance and achievements in fiscal year 2021. Joining Knetter are WFAA president Alisa Robertson, chief investment officer Michael Stohler, and chief operating officer Carl Laurino. They give highlights of the nearly $4.3 billion All Ways Forward campaign, describe results from the 2020–21 fiscal year, and share a view of upcoming projects, including strategy for the endowment. In 2021, “we had a fantastic year in development,” says Knetter. “And that was made possible by you.” Watch the video to see what you helped make possible for UW–Madison.

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Key Figures

$305 M

Funds Delivered to UW–Madison

In fiscal year 2021, WFAA transferred more money to UW–Madison than ever before. This year’s $305 million is more than 9 percent above the previous high, $279.5 million in 2018.

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Total Donors

New gifts and pledges from individuals in 2020–21.

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Number One Public University in America

Ranking from Washington Monthly magazine, among public universities in the United States. Only three private universities ranked ahead of the UW.

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To protect the community, the professionals at UW Health performed hundreds of thousands of COVID tests during the pandemic. UW Hospital and Clinics was one of the state’s leading facilities for finding and treating COVID cases.

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Promises Fulfilled

In fall 2021, UW–Madison had its biggest class yet of freshmen who entered under Bucky’s Tuition Promise, now in its fourth year. Since 2018, 3,528 Promise students have enrolled at the UW, and the first class will graduate in May 2022.

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More than half of UW–Madison’s students graduate with no student loan debt.

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From Enrollment to Graduation

The average time for a UW–Madison student to earn a degree is now 40 days less than four years. This is the fastest average time-to-degree that the UW has recorded. Almost three-quarters of UW students earn their bachelor’s degree in four years or less.

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Budding Computer Scientists

In 2019, the UW launched its newest school, the School of Computer, Information Science. It’s already the university’s largest major.

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Freshman Students of Color

UW–Madison’s student body is more diverse than ever. More than a quarter of incoming freshmen identify as people of color, the most racially and ethnically diverse class in the UW’s history.

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